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Its that time of year again! The R.T.R in Quartzsite, Arizona. (Rubber Tramp Rendezvous) for all you newbies. Its a “Gathering” of sorts for van dwellers. In case you didn’t know… #VANLIFE is all the rage. Instagram is chock full of vanners glamorizing this Neo-nomadic lifestyle.  The intention Bob Wells set out to accomplish 11 years ago, was a meet-up of sorts, for fellow nomads to “socialize” after a long season alone. Apparently, “vandwellars” tend to be “Introverts”. A common term heard in the forums and in his youtube interviews. Similar to the mountain people of Alaska. The spirit, has grown into a disabled women/veteran/poverty alternative living seminar on how their 800 dollar check will safely and cheaply provide unconventional housing, or so says Bob. Just check out his YouTube channel, Its a Walmart/Amazom infomercial where he must check out everyones “bathroom” buckets, and put it on YouTube. Charmingly creepy the way this ”Jerry Garcia meets Santa Clause” lookalike can easily approach females and check out their “Lugable Loos…”(found on Amazon, use his link, he gets a portion).

This must be a C Difficle haven! No running water, people urinating in jars and defaceating in kitty litter filled trash bags. Some 3000 are gathered, showing off their “rigs” and sharing “vegan” potluck recipes. The animals are all the rage at the RTR. Some are clearly “Stars” of Youtube, and recieve gifts from viewers. (Surely, all affiliated links through Amazon). The “rules” according to Bob, are lengthy, and because its HIS event, though he’s holding this alternateve lifestyle event on BLM land, free and open to ALL, he has RULES…some 200 of them. HIs Party, HIs Event, His Rules, HIs Permit. Oddly, he “helps” women by holding seminars, yet over on the “Women Only” forum at his site, it’s a bit of a bully fest, if you are not …whatever, “vegan, female, poor,” seems you are targeted and harassed and shunned. This event sounds more like an Amazon cult with Bob Wells serving up the koolaid. I’m sure his reptilian overlord Jeff Bezsos is pleased.

I get the solar seminars, Elon Musk plugs and the Vegan recipe swap, but anyone who thinks #VANLIFE is SUSTAINABLE? Think again. You are disrespectful to sacred land, you are disturbing habitat and collectively dumping 20 tons of green house gas into the atmosphere every 10 minutes of travel. Tossing your feces into the dumpster is NOT like a baby diaper as they all seem to suggest, and tossing urine bottles out into landfills is just gross. Please, educate yourselves. I get the desire to travel, but this RTR is NOT providing you with proper tools. This is nothing more than a click bait, content creating ad for Mr. RTR Bob Wells. (Filming Bob Wells or his seminars, is prohibited because he’s got ALL Rights Reserved.) No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…Bob.

Curious to read the New York Times article, certianly, a “real” press photographer was sent to cover the event. Please research the risks involved, not only to your “house” on wheels, but your health, our planets health and your pets health. #VANLIFE is #NOTSUSTAINABLE.  I can assure you, all unschooled, unkept and unsupervised children of the R.T.R will be addressed as CPS has been notified. 

  1. Theft of your HOUSE
  2. Insurance 
  3. No Address How does one get All those Packages from Amazon?
  4. Stigma
  5. Illness 
  6. HUGE carbon footprint
  7. Friends 
  8. Freezing
  9. Sweltering 
  10. Noise 
  11. Stress
  12. Boring
  13. Filthy 
  14. Poop bucket
  15. Pee jar
  16. Sex? I mean really…
  17. Did I mention pooping in a BUCKET
  18. YUK


I understand the need for free housing and sustainable lifestyle, but please do not settle for less than zero, Bob is no hero. The future is NOW, create the life you want, and do not get trapped into the geriatric thinking #vanlife is your only option. Everything and Anything is possible, just look at Bob, he manifested ALL this content for his YouTube channel. My advice…. STEER CLEAR of Quartzsite, AZ January 11-22.

FYI, fleas carrying bubonic plague have been found all over Arizona in 2017. 


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